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Grateful DeadGrateful Dead Live at Oakland Auditorium Arena on 1979-12-31 (December 31, 1979)

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Collection: GratefulDead
Band/Artist: Grateful Dead
Date: December 31, 1979 (check for other copies)
Venue: Oakland Auditorium Arena
Location: Oakland, CA

Source: Soundboard
Lineage: SBD > ?? > Cassette > CD with AUD patches
Keywords: Live concert


Jack Straw-> Franklin's Tower, Mama Tried-> Mexicali Blues, Tennessee Jed, Looks Like Rain-> Alabama Getaway-> Promised Land Sugar Magnolia-> China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Samson & Delilah, Ship of Fools, Lost Sailor-> Saint Of Circumstance-> Deal Althea-> Minglewood Blues, Uncle John's Band-> Drums-> Not Fade Away*-> Stella Blue*-> Sunshine Daydream*, E: Good Lovin'


SBD > ?? > Cassette > CD with AUD patches via Darryl Hinko

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Average Rating: 3.83 out of 5 stars3.83 out of 5 stars3.83 out of 5 stars3.83 out of 5 stars

Reviewer: Rich D - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - January 5, 2015
Subject: Truly Great Show
I have to disagree with some the last reviews - while the sound is not terrific (probably a 3+), the show is great, especially the 3rd set.

The Jack Straw-Franklins is mellow, but jamming even w/the vocal flubs. The 3rd set is epic - lots of great jams, nice long mellow Uncle Johns, and culminating with the last truly great Not Fade Away. NFA would change, slowly declining over the next couple years to that god-awful crowd chant
Reviewer: nilrem - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - September 28, 2012
Subject: great playing
listen to jerry screachin out of jack straw and tell me they are not on fire......

this is the end of a long run of nights.

5 stars for playing
5 stars for setlist
2.5 for sound, could do with CM upgrade
Reviewer: Styrofoam Cueball - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - August 25, 2008
Subject: My Only hoo...
Yup, this is the only show I ever attended, sadly. I won't relate my story, as it was kind of a bummer, but, dosed as I was, I could tell the boys were having an off night. Jer forgets almost ALL the words to Franklin's, the band is low energy throughout...and this was New Year's! At least I got to see one live Grateful Dead show...

To refresh your memory, Jammin', and to prove that almost every show has SOME highlights, the China/Rider was a nice surprise and probably the highlight of the show as far as energy goes. I also heard Althea for the first time that night, and this version is especially tasty, with Bobby's swoopin' slide leading the way. I was on the side of the stage with Weir's amp, and those downward slides carried me away for a minute! I've loved Althea ever since...

I tried listening to the whole show for Nostalgia's sake and to jog my memory, and it was tough sledding. There are 1000's of better shows here at the Archive and among the Dead's commercial releases...I'd recommend almost any earlier show over this one...and even some of the later ones. :(
Reviewer: JamminJerome - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - October 12, 2007
Subject: This show sounds like it was fun at the time
I'm sure it would have been an absolute blast to be at this show: Three sets, some unique transitions, and some songs that hadn't been played much this year. That said, the show itself is far from excellent and the sound is only okay. Some good moments, but I'm really pissed right now because my show notes got messed up, and I can't remember the highlights of this show off the top of my head. Nothing top-10 worthy or anything like that, I assure you!
Reviewer: Augy - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - July 28, 2004
Subject: Not the best New Year's but certainly
better than the late '80's. As great as John Chippollina was, Jerry would always almost completely, overshadow him. Just goes to show you how great Garcia was ! God bless'm both !
Reviewer: PryceIII - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - April 1, 2004
Subject: Happy New Year
Great show as far as the set list is concerned. However the quality wasn't as good as I had expected coming from a SBD recording. A little fuzzy. I was able to fit the entire show on three audio discs instead of the reccomended four by putting tracks D3T2-->D4T4 on one disc.

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